Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth
December 5, 2019
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MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 12-24). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.

Participants will receive a comprehensive manual that serves as a workbook, worksheets and activities, resources and a certificate upon completion of the course. 

Aims of the 2 day (14 hour) course

  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in youth, including eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury.

  • Provide initial help when facing a mental health problem or crisis.

  • Guide youth and/or adult who support them toward appropriate professional help.

  • Learn how to accommodate young people who are in distress or are recovering from a crisis. 

Topics Covered

  • Mental Health and Stigma

  • Substance related disorders

  • Mood related disorders

  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders

  • Psychotic disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Deliberate self-injury

Crisis First Aid Interventions For

  • Suicidal behaviour

  • Overdose

  • Self-harm

  • Psychosis

  • Acute stress reaction

  • Panic attacks

Who should train in MHFA Adults Who Interact With Youth?

  • Teachers

  • Social Workers

  • Counsellors

  • Law enforcement

  • Parents and family members

  • Coaches

  • Babysitters

  • First responders

  • Healthcare providers

  • Community leaders

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